There Goes the Neighborhood! Sexual Predator Moves to Pebble Creek

Should we give 33 year old Bradley Scott Abrahams “another chance”?  Here are the facts, you decide.

LLoyd and Lori Abrahams are listed as the property holders of 16111 W. Cambridge Ave in Pebble Creek.  This is the address that the Goodyear Police Department identifies as the residence of Level II sex offender Bradley Scott Abrahams, formerly of DuPage County, Il.

According to the Goodyear Police information, Abrahams;

  1. Engaged in sexual intercourse several times with a 13 year old girl who was a student at a cheerleading school that he co-owned.
  2. He was originally charged with sexual abuse of the 13 year old girl and another minor female. Charges involving the second girl were dropped in exchange for his plea agreement.
  3. At his sentencing, two additional girls testified to Abrahams having sexual intercourse with them. One was another student at his cheerleading school and the other he met on line.

In 2010, a $50,000 civil suit was filed against Abrahams by the family of a girl who claimed that his sexual advances on minor girls went back as far as 1996. In that lawsuit it claimed that he;

  1. had an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl while working at an undisclosed cheer/dance summer camp in 1996. The camp director sent Abrahams home.
  2. solicited, while an assistant coach in 2002, a Naperville Central High School student cheerleader to meet him at a hotel to go swimming and repeatedly called the girl. He was fired.
  3. impregnated a 16-year-old cheerleader, to whom he was later ordered to pay child support, in 2002.
  4. invited a 17-year-old female recruit to come to his house to play “strip Monopoly” and with bath toys in May 2003.
  5. groped a 17-year-old female recruit after inviting her to his Naperville apartment to watch a cheerleading video in summer 2003. Abrahams later was acquitted of misdemeanor battery at trial.

To those who say this monster deserves yet, “ANOTHER CHANCE” ?

Are you from Oregon? WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING???

Bradley Abrahams’ Illinois Sex Offender Information.  Here.

Goodyear Police information on Abrahams. Here.

Civil law suit information link to lawsuit claims

GY’s New $3.5 Million Dollar 911 Center

Goodyear is spending $3.5 million dollars because a building the size of your house (which can ONLY handle up to five operators at once) is not enough for our police department to handle on average ONE 911 CALL EVERY 20 MINUTES.

According to today’s AZ Republic, Goodyear is breaking ground on a new 10,000 sq ft 911 center that will cost taxpayers $3.5 million dollars. That is because they have “outgrown” their old one that is only 8 years old, needs a new air conditioner, and has not been properly sprayed for pests in the past.  They let a contract earlier this year to build it somewhere else but now they’ve changed their minds and are going to put it in the new $8 million dollar Venida Business Center for which the city of Goodyear just paid over $12 million. (the $3.5 million of for the 911 center is in addition to the $12.1 Goodyear paid for the building).

I wonder what they are going to do with the place that they let the contract on earlier this year and are now abandoning?  I’m sure they’ll think of something.

Goodyear had 25,000 911 calls the past year and expects that to grow to 29,000 this year (I don’t know how they know that). They have ‘only’ five work stations today to handle all those calls.

Let’s Analyze
25,000 calls per year is 3 per HOUR. One every 20 minutes.  And up to five people are working in “cramped” 2,000 sq ft conditions, to answer all three calls per hour. By the way, 2,000 sq feet is bigger than most people’s ENTIRE HOUSE.

So Goodyear is spending $3.5 million dollars because a building the size of your house (which can ONLY handle up to five operators at once) is not enough for our police department to handle ONE CALL EVERY 20 MINUTES.

Now I’m sure some of you are out there saying, “nothing is too good for whatever Goodyear police and fire need”.  But how hard do you think they’d be laughing at this in NYC, Detroit, Atlanta, or even Phoenix?

Council Person’s Reply; “The Dog Ate My Homework” *

Council Person’s Reply (CPR)

I told you to expect some nonsense “creative” excuse from Goodyear council person Wally Campbell to my inference that she panicked and mistakenly sent an email to me which was intended to alert Goodyear police chief Geier about a blog I wrote, didn’t I?

Well, sometimes I’m wrong. Wally’s reply? A not very creative;

“Hi Howard, Just saw this email from you — I apologize the complete message did not come through. I sent the email to you and to Chief Geier to ask you to meet with him and discuss your concerns.”

In other words, “the dog ate my homework, I really did write a nice responsive email to you, (one of my valued constituents) but for some reason, the complete message didn’t come through. You know these nasty computers, they screw up all the time, they never do exactly what you tell them to do, they just have a complete mind of their own”.

And one more thing, she says she sent the email to “ask you to meet with (Geier) to discuss your concerns”. But is the invitation still open? Did she include any of the imaginary email she says she sent me where she was trying to be so responsive? Here we are at the beginning of a new week and no further correspondence. I guess she thinks I’m some kind of mind reader who knows what it is that she wrote in that nice responsive email she sent that “didn’t come through” and I am now fully apprised of her intent and can go ahead and act on it? And of course even if she did write the imaginary response to which she refers, council person Wally ‘the dog ate my homework’ Campbell is not going to do anything about my concerns. Why should I expect a Goodyear city council person to act on looking into a documented 57% pay raise for a new $90,000 dollar per year position created to help GY police, “better present themselves”? I can just call the chief myself and see what he says, eh?

Of course I should always expect a complete and thorough reply like the imaginary one that Wally ‘the dog ate my homework’ Campbell says she sent me from anyone in the city of Goodyear Arizona. Why only this week, here is the reply I got from some low level city HR person to my voice mail request for information about how many applicants there were for Celaya’s new job. As usual, “submit a records request” has been the reply to me ever since Georgia became mayor. Submit a records request dirt bag

9:12 AM
And when did our dauntless, conscientious council person finally get around to sending her explanatory email to me? At exactly 9:12 am on Aug 31, or exactly 49 minutes after I posted my second article on the Celaya hiring topic, “Wally’s First Priority” an article accusing our fine council person of notifying Geier first before even thinking of doing anything else, and over TWO DAYS after her email gaffe and two separate emails from me asking her what her email with Geier’s email address in the body of the email but sent to me was all about. Here is the entire email string. Wally email string Geier Celaya

Goodyear Taxpayers be Damned
Yep, Wally ‘the dog ate my homework’ Campbell really cares a lot about what you and I think of her actions to not only write a weak excuse like that but to assume that the public will swallow it. She sure must have a high opinion about all of our reading comprehension skills and what conclusions we might all draw from such a lame response.

But on the other hand, why should she care? Wally ‘the dog ate my homework’ Campbell and the rest of the seven dwarfs on Goodyear city council feel completely insulated and untouchable from their taxpayer constituents. They are secure in the fact that through their connections with city employees, police and fire union pacs from all over the state, and special interest groups like developers and corporations who they’ve doled out tax breaks to, they will get re-elected and the average Goodyear taxpayer be damned.

By today GEOrgia and her handlers have probably told Wally ‘my dog ate my homework’ Campbell to just shut up and stop talking to that annoying goodyearblogger.

*special cudos to a friend who came up with this story line summary after I showed him Wally ‘the dog ate my homework’ Campbell’s email reply to me. Friend, you hit the nail right on the head and I’m still laughing my butt off!

Wally’s First Priority? Alert Geier

If you want to really know who a person is, what their abilities are, what they really believe in, and what their priorities are, watch what they do during the first sign of trouble. I had a recent opportunity to observe just that with Goodyear city council person Wally Campbell in the past two days.

Wally’s Revelation
Since Wally lives in Pebble Creek, she can access the Pebble Creek electronic “message board” where I usually post links to new stories that I write for my blog. Two days ago was no different when I posted a link to an article about new GY police chief Geier hiring a female former colleague from Geier’s last police chief job in Yuma to come join him on Goodyear’s police force doing basically the same work that she had been doing for Yuma as a sergeant for $56,000 but hiring her as a Goodyear police lieutenant for nearly $90,000.

Now, if you were a Goodyear city council person and you read that story on a conservative message board what would you do? Think about that before you read on.

Or, take the actual case here. What would you expect your taxpayer elected city council member to do first thing after finding out about something like that? (Set aside for a moment the outrageous incompetence displayed by a city council member in a small town who perhaps does not even know about a hiring travesty like this).

Here are a few of my suggestions for what one of the first emails that a council person looking out for my interests as a taxpayer might draft would look like;

  1. email to city manager Brain Dalke; “What on earth is going on here? Is this correct? Why would we hire someone for a 57% increase to do the exact same work?”
  2. email to police chief Jerry Geier; “You had better have an exceptionally good explanation for this if even half of what is reported here is true!”
  3. email to mayor Georgia Lord; “Can you believe this? This is the guy who was supposed to clean up our police department. Did you know about this Georgia? And if you didn’t know about it why didn’t our new city manager who is supposed to be on the same page as us tell us about this?”

What Wally Did
But none of that is what Goodyear council person Wally Campbell did. Nope. Instead, Goodyear council person Wally Campbell, apparently within minutes of becoming aware of my article on chief Geier’s outrageous hiring practices, sent Chief Geier an email to alert him to the situation. What did she write to express her outrage at such a thing? She didn’t write anything! It was just a “heads up”. You better know about and watch out for this curve ball coming down the pike at you, chief.

Goodyear taxpayers need no further evidence than this to see just how tight Goodyear city council is with the public safety interests in Goodyear when a city council person’s first reaction to this kind of situation is to send a heads up to the person who instigated a questionable practice.

Wait A Minute. How does howardsgoodyearblog know all of this?
How do I know all of this? Because here is the email that Wally (tried to) send to Geier;

Wally’s alert email to Geier. Wally alert email to Geier

And how did I get this email from Wally? SHE MISTAKENLY SENT IT TO ME!

Best I can figure, Wally was so flustered after reading this that she pushed the wrong buttons on her smart-phone, and instead of sending an email to as she intended (you see she typed the email address in the body of the email rather than the addressee line) she hit reply and bingo! She replied to me with chief Geier’s email address in the body of the email.

I guess that’s why they call them smart-phones.

Georgia Lord did the same thing when I exposed her directing her public relations firm checking signatures to try to disqualify other mayoral candidates in the last election. This is one of the reasons that many states require older persons to take frequent driver’s tests as they age, because of their sometimes inappropriate reactions in times of crisis. Add to this the fact that Georgia and Wally probably aren’t very good to start with on how to operate most of the features of their city provided technology like the ipads/laptops they awarded themselves last year.

What Will Wally Say?
Wally will tell you… oh, who knows what Wally will tell you to explain an alert email with NO comment whatsoever within minutes to chief Geier. Obviously the first thing she thought to do. I’m sure she’ll come up with something really creative like the last time when she said she did not meet with the GEO prison lobbyist in a local sandwich shop, nor did she know anything about the whole prison debacle, even though she was having lunch at the time in the same restaurant with the Goodyear employee who had brought the whole deal to the city and encouraged them to do it AND THE GEO LOBBYIST JUST HAPPENED TO BE THERE TOO! Wally Prison Article

By the way, I’ve sent two separate emails to Wally asking her what she was doing and why she sent me this, and my duly elected city council public official Wally Campbell has not found time in her busy schedule to respond to my questions. But she sure had time to immediately respond to her comrade in arms chief Geier.

I’d love to hear your explanation for this gaffe, Wally (well, maybe not). But I would probably believe you no more than I did when I told you that I did not believe your story about not knowing anything about the prison.

Nearly 2,000 Visits in Past Two Days

Thank you readers.
There have been nearly 2,000 visitors to howardsgoodyearblog in the past two days.
It took only about 4,500 votes to win a GY mayor or council seat last election. Maybe there is still a chance to fix this mess in city hall.

Goodyear PD Chief Gives Former Female Colleague 57% Pay Increase to Come Join Him in GY to Help GY Cops, “Better Present Themselves”

According to Goodyear’s Infocus magazine and information gathered by howardsgoodyearblog from city personnel files, Goodyear’s new police chief, Jerry Geier, has hired a former female colleague of his from the Yuma PD to work as a lieutenant in the Goodyear PD.  Geier awarded former Yuma police sergeant Kimberly Celaya a 42% salary increase to come to Goodyear and then gave her an additional 10% increase with a pay grade increase after only 20 days on the job for a total salary increase of 57% in less than 30 days.

According to her GY personnel file, Yuma police sergeant Kimberly Celaya was making $56,094 dollars per year in Yuma until June 1, 2012, where she had been a police sergeant for just over two years. But she was hired as a lieutenant in Goodyear at $79,821 dollars per year on June 10, 2012, and on July 1, 2012 she was given a salary adjustment and pay grade change to $88,107 dollars per year.  Here is a link to parts of Celaya’s Goodyear personnel file which documents her meteoric income rise. (Celaya Pers File0001)

Celaya was featured in Goodyear’s most recent Infocus magazine (the bi-monthly political advertizement of the city of Goodyear).  Here’s a link to the article.  In that article, Celaya’s new police lieutenant responsibilities in Goodyear were described as;

(Celaya will) “build a new hiring and recruitment unit that will help officers identify opportunities for advancement and connect with potential new officers through community appearances and events.”

From this description, her primary function appears to be helping the 80 or so actual on the street Goodyear police officers figure out how to get promotions and show them how to find new recruits by attending more city events and making better “appearances”.  Celaya is quoted in the article saying that one of her primary responsibilities is to help Goodyear PD officers, “better present themselves”.

Are you getting this Goodyear taxpayers?  Is this a real job or just a good way to bring a former well liked colleague to the Goodyear high pay feed trough? Imagine in this economy getting a total 57% salary increase in less than 30 days?

But before we make a rash judgement on the facts thus far presented, let’s give Chief Geier and his pal Kimberly the benefit of the doubt and look a little more closely at the circumstances surrounding this event. Is this just coincidence, or does thirty something, divorced mother of several kids Ms., (now Lt. Kimberly) Celaya have some special qualifications that make her so attractive and invaluable to chief Geier?

Let’s check.

The Infocus article calls Ms. Celaya a “career police patrol officer” but her personnel file does not exactly reflect that.  In her 20 year career since starting out in the army she has worked as a police officer for a little over 10 years. She has bounced around from job to job during that time sometimes in police work, sometimes not.  She did four years in the army in North Carolina from ’92 to ’99.  She has no college degree, a few courses at AZ W. College in Yuma, some army training, and one might assume a high school graduate but nowhere in her Goodyear personnel file resume does she claim she graduated from high school. After the army she got a job for two years in Fayetteville, NC as a police officer.  She says she left the job in Fayetteville to relocate due to getting divorced.

Celaya worked 5 1/2 years in Yuma PD, remaining a police officer, until she left the police force to be a realtor.  Apparently that didn’t work out for her because two years later in 2007 she got herself rehired in Yuma once again as an officer while she says she continued to work part time in real estate.

Until this point in her 15 year work career, there is no evidence that Celaya had ever received a promotion. That changed in September of 2009, 6 months after Jerry Geier arrived in Yuma as police chief when she was promoted to sergeant in Yuma (supervising 7 employees) and according to the Goodyear Infocus article, doing the same kind of work for which Goodyear just hired her for then Yuma chief Geier.  That is, helping police officers, “better present themselves” and “identify opportunities for advancement”.

The only other interesting information yielded from her personnel file is that for some reason, Celaya says she is exempt from US Income Tax deductions. It is also noted in the file on a separate page (in large letters) that the GY PD did her background check, not GY HR, and that she says she heard about the job, “from the city web site”.  When asked, an official in GY HR replied that based upon what is in the file, she could not determine if Ms. Celaya had graduated from high school.

Based upon this information, taxpayers have to decide for themselves whether or not Celaya is qualified to take home nearly $90,000 per year of your tax dollars teaching police officers how to look better.  One thing appears certain, however. Ms Celaya appears to be a pro at looking pretty good to Goodyear police chief Jerry Geier.

All of this is going on in a bankrupt desert town which has borrowed so much money that they have lost “bonding capacity” and could only continue to borrow to buy an overpriced building to office their almost daily growth of city staff by getting a mortgage loan at a bank.

Another example of the fine job Georgia Lord and the rest of the seven dwarfs on city council are doing looking out for your hard earned tax dollars.

Maybe the Indians Will Help Us Out and a Three Stooges Movie

Goodyear has decided to ask the Gila River Indian Community to pay for a new Goodyear Police Dept mobile command unit.

Goodyear’s current mobile command unit (a converted RV) is apparently tilting to the side because of weight distribution problems, city staff tried to fix it and failed, and they say they need a diesel engine in order to allow it to sit and idle (nobody thought of that?) when being used and the current unit is gasoline driven. Not only that, but the mast camera that Goodyear put on the vehicle started tilting to the side and so they had to dismantle that.

Does anyone besides me see a Three Stooges movie in the back of their mind while reading this description of incompetence and waste of your tax dollars?  It would be a lot funnier if it was someone else’s money.   AHAH!  Enter the Gila River Indian Community and maybe the next one could be someone else’s money!

Here is a link to the city council session where your city council approved the city’s paid grant writers to apply for a grant from the Gila River Indian community to 100% fund a new mobile command vehicle for Goodyear’s finest, your Goodyear Police Department. Ask the Indians Link

And you still think Goodyear is not broke?

Budget Time in Goodyear. First Presentation? Up to $3.0 Million More for GY Employees

This power point was presented at the GY city council work session April 2, by GY HR. HR Presentation April 2 2012

Turn to page 21 of the presentation for the proposed compensation increase options for city of GY employees that HR is proposing to city council. Nope, there are no proposals to lower employee compensation in order to restrain spending and maybe pay off some of the city’s $300 million of debt. New city manager Dalke says, “there is $2.5 to $3.0 million that can be used for “many things”.”

They are considering lump sum payments to city employees that range from over $1.0 million at 2.5% all the way to 5% lump sums, or worse, increases and “structure changes” that take the bill to taxpayers to $2.4 million.

And Goodyear is broke, friends. But that is what your city council is considering. Lucky you, they were leaning towards something in the $1.0 million range.

And why are they proposing this? “Market policies.” “Benchmark organizations.” “Compensation Strategies.” And against whom do they market, benchmark, and strategize? They don’t tell you in this presentation but Scottsdale and Glendale have been in there in the past.

Should Goodyear compare itself to Scottsdale and Glendale for employee compensation? How about just Buckeye, Tolleson, Litchfield Park, and Avondale?

Oh, and lest I forget, there is also half a million dollars ($500,000) of increased cost for healthcare and dental that the city is considering taking on plus council wants to re-institute tuition reimbursement for employees at an estimated cost of $150,000 per year.

Is your employer covering over half of your health care cost increases?

Does your employer still offer tuition reimbursement?

That brings the total potential tab to taxpayers to over $3.0 million.

Can you say campaign payoffs and “Meet and Confer?”

Mishandled Police Cases; Article by John Rowan

by John Rowan, Candidate for Maricopa County Sherriff

Once again, we are hearing that a large amount of serious criminal cases were mishandled by another group of detectives.  The latest being a hundred cases (100!) in the Phoenix PD and prior to that we are all aware of the over 400 sexual assault/molestation cases that were not handled by MCSO (Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office).

This brings to light a much larger issue that is taking place in almost every police department in Maricopa County.  The Police Chiefs that are selected for their position almost exclusively spend their entire career on patrol and in uniform.  They may take a side road into SWAT or some other unit, which is also considered similar to patrol.  Very few if any have any background in investigations or were ever a detective or supervised detectives.  As a result, the leadership has virtually little if any knowledge of what detectives actually should be doing or how cases should be supervised and managed.

What we are seeing in Maricopa County now is what most large cities went through 50 years ago.  This is why many large police departments require their Chiefs of Police to have been a detective or detective supervisor.  The best analogy I can give, the way most police departments are run in Maricopa County is a Chief without detective experience is like putting a nurse in charge of a surgical hospital, they both wear white and have a background in biology but does the average nurse really know what a surgeon does.

It is time for law enforcement in Maricopa County to focus on the issue that most people in the public already have identified, that many of our detective units have little if any oversight.   As a community we should work to change this.

John Rowan with 29 years of law enforcement

Candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff

Guest Blogger; More Lawsuits “In an Amount to be Determined at Trial”, More GY Police Dept Questions. by John Rowan

Editor’s note; The officer in question (Dave Bryant) referenced in this article by John Rowan, became Brad Hardin’s (GY officer alleged in Pendleton lawsuit with culpability in Pendleton’s death) supervisor after the Pendleton accident.

There are now four former GYPD employees who have connections to the Hardin/Pendleton case who have been fired and who are now or soon will be suing Goodyear.  Woodmansee, Eglesius (Eglesius Claim re; police misconduct), Bryant, Rowan.  Seems like anyone in GYPD who came close to this case and didn’t tow the line got fired.  What does that tell you?

By John Rowan

There was a GY police sergeant by the name of Dave Bryant, who was arrested by the Goodyear Police Department over a year ago.  You may remember he was indicted for theft and fraud from the GYPD.  On January 18th, he went to trial and the County Attorney had to request a dismissal of all charges because there was no evidence (Bryant cleared article).  According to the County Attorney, the city claimed the computer with the evidence was erased and sold to someone in the public.  According to Bryant’s lawyers it was erased and sold by the GYPD because it would prove that Bryant was innocent and no such act had occurred.

These events occurred while I was removed from my position as Public Information Officer for the GYPD.  Commander Ralph McLaughlin took over my position while I was reassigned and was so eager to get this indictment out to the public to show that the GYPD is capable of disciplining one of it’s own, he violated the law by releasing confidential information to the press.  This resulted in an investigation by another agency and was submitted for charging the Commander but was then ruled that though it was wrong they would not charge. (McLaughlin)

Dave Bryant has now filed a Notice of Claim for wrongful prosecution, violation of his civil rights, false arrest, defamation of character, etc. (18 charges in all).  I don’t know the amount that he is seeking but is a multi-million dollar claim. In an amount to be determined at trial.

In addition, there is another lawsuit that I am aware of by Julio Inglesias in Federal Court now.  He was an Officer assigned to the Goodyear Court and filed a complaint with the City Manager regarding an incident with Brad Hardin where he felt that this officer had made false statements regarding a 911 call that they had both responded to.  Shortly after making a complaint against this officer, Julio was terminated.  This complaint occurred at about the exact time that the Pendleton case was being exposed.  Officer Inglesias feels that he was terminated due to the fact that the city did not want any additional negative attention brought on Officer Hardin.   I am not aware of the amount he is seeking in remedy.
The purpose of this article is to make you and the citizens of Goodyear aware of these additional existing lawsuits, all of which are the direct result of upper management mishandling and city council ineptitude.

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